Media Advisory: Workshop on peace, security in Canadian Arctic and China Sea region


TORONTO, Wednesday, April 26 – As the race for underwater resource extraction clashes with regional and international security, militarization and boundary claims, a workshop at York University will debate the issues and develop a framework for future negotiations.

The day-long Geotechnical Politics of Ocean Frontiers: The Canadian North & the Indo-Pacific interdisciplinary workshop on peace and security will take place Friday, April 28. It will open with a keynote address by Peggy Mason, president of the Rideau Institute and former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament to the United Nations, at 9:30am.

Mason will discuss the necessity of peaceful co-operation and the importance of arms control even while there are pervasive situations and regional problems challenging national and international security.

WHEN: Friday, April, 28, from 9am to 6pm

WHO: 10amAllison Stewart, deputy director of oceans law & policy at Global Affairs, will talk about “Arctic Governance: Myths and Reality,” followed by Adele Buckley of the Canadian Pugwash Group, who will talk about the importance of “Sustaining Peace in the Arctic”.

11:10amDavid Harries, associate executive director of Foresight Canada, will present “Whither Arctic peace and security: A role for Strategic Foresight?” followed by Venilla Rajaguru of York U talking about “Asserting Peace in the South China Sea.”

2pm – Professor Ted McDorman, an expert in international law and ocean law of the University of Victoria, who formerly worked on Arctic-related matters at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, will look at “What epistemic, legal and political frameworks are effective/ineffective in construction ‘Peace’? Why?”

WHERE: Kaneff Tower, Room 524, Keele campus, York University (Number 95 on the map.)

A full list of speakers and workshop objects is available upon request.


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